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Media Memo: Dr. Justin Patchin part of White House anti-bullying conference

TO: News/Assignment Editors and Directors

FROM: Judy Berthiaume

DATE: March 10, 2011

SUBJECT: Dr. Justin Patchin part of White House anti-bullying conference

View the video of the opening session of the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention. (Note: The expert panel discussion, including UW-Eau Claire's Dr. Justin Patchin, begins at the video's 7:20 mark.)

A University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire associate professor who is an internationally known expert on cyberbullying has been invited by the U.S. Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, and the Obama administration to share his expertise on the causes of and solutions for bullying during a conference TODAY at the White House.

Dr. Justin Patchin is among a select panel of researchers taking part in the daylong White House Conference on Bullying Prevention.

Patchin will share his research about bullying and participate in an afternoon breakout session to discuss effective policies and programs to prevent bullying.

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will attend and take part in the conference.

The conference will bring together communities that have been affected by bullying as well as those who are taking action to address it, according to organizers. Students, parents and teachers will be among those attending the conference.

The conference, which begins at 9:30 a.m. CST, will be live-streamed at www.whitehouse.gov.

The public can submit questions to be answered by a panel of bullying experts.

In preparation for the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention, the president and first lady released a video urging Americans to participate in helping to end bullying in schools and communities nationwide. The video can be viewed on the StopBullying.gov Facebook page.

Dr. Justin Patchin can be reached at patchinj@uwec.edu. The Cyberbullying Research Center can be found at www.cyberbullying.us.

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